Granville Poole was educated at Birmingham University and became an H.M. Inspector of Mines in 1909 at the age of 24 and a Senior Inspector in 1917. He inspected mines in Yorkshire, Northumberland, Durham, Cumberland, Staffordshire, and Warwickshire. He was private secretary to the Chief Inspector of Mines during 1911-13 and acted as the initial secretary to the Departmental Committee on Spontaneous Combustion in 1913.
Poole became Professor of Mining at Leeds University in 1919 and then was appointed to the Chair of Mining at King’s College, Newcastle-on-Tyne, in 1923, holding that position until 1951.
Other roles included supervisor for the Northern Coke Research Committee and supervisor for the Fuel Survey Committee for Northumberland and Durham.
Poole was the director for Shelton Iron, Steel & Coal Co. Ltd.; Cumberland Coal Co. (Whitehaven) Ltd.; Blanchland Fluormines Ltd.; Coldberry Lead Co. Ltd. He was author of Haulage and winding; a treatise on conveying and hoisting mineral from the workings to the surface published in 1935.
He was appointed President of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers between 1950 and 1952.
Granville Poole died on 26 May 1962.